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“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.”

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source: “Any Time,” in Allegiances (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers,1970), 67.

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“I don’t understand why people talk of art as a luxury when it’s a mind-altering possibility. I don’t even want to please the reader, I want to change them, to expand their imaginations, seduce them, free them, take them to a place they haven’t been before.”

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source: “Redemption Songs,” by Maya Jaggi, The Guardian, May 29, 2004.

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“There is a way of living which makes for greater airiness, space, ease, freedom. It is like an airplane’s rise above the storms. It is a way of looking at obstacles as something to overcome; of looking at what defeats us as a monster created by ourselves, within ourselves, by our fears, and therefore dissolvable and transformable.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol. 4 1944–1947) (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971), 148.

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